Hearing is many things for us. We use it to communicate with one another. We share ideas, thoughts and daily life activities through language. This important skill, language, develops naturally just by over hearing others talk. Newborns typically have their first word between 9-12 months of age without formal instruction. Without hearing, speech and language need to be taught.
Hearing provides us information as to what is happening around us. When we hear footsteps, we know someone is coming into the room. We know where to look for the keys when we hear them fall off the counter. It’s the sound of garage door opening that tells us a loved one is home.
Hearing helps to keep us safe. The smoke detector, a kitchen timer, the siren of a fire truck provide information that helps keep us safe.
There are many sounds in our world that give us pleasure. The laughter of a son and the giggle of grandchild become cherished moments. The “ping” of a golf club hitting a ball, the “crack” the spoon makes when it breaks through a crème brulee, the “drip” of the melting snow, “rustle” of the newspaper all add to life.
Hearing connects us to the world. Without it, we would miss the sound of birds and the wind in the trees.Hearing is usually taken for granted. People often tell us, they didn’t realize all the ways hearing enhanced their lives. Take good care of your hearing. Use hearing protection around loud sounds. Eat well, a diet high in fruits and vegetables and exercise helps to maintain healthy ears. Take good care of your ears.
Life sounds great! Enjoy every moment!Jane Kukula, Au.D.Paula Webster, M.A.